Cazorla Xtobal's polyhedral artist flew to Venice for his performance 'Albare. It was done within the context of the Venice Architecture Biennale's program, which also includes the International Festival of Art and Architecture. Its 'Surfaces Bodies' section features a variety of interesting performance, video-artistic, and plastic works, as well as design projects and installations. They were all executed by artists on the five continents.
Xtobal, representing Spain, arrived accompanied by Esteban, his alter ego and Olaya Plaza, the singer. The Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi's hall was precisely where this elaborate performance by Cazorla's creator was performed. It was a scene that left no one indifferent.
The double perspective of 'Albare' can be described in two concepts, memory and identity. It is easy to see the huge convergence between these concepts after a brief overview. It is impossible to understand the one without understanding the other. How can we analyze our identities as individuals without having a memory of our past lives?
The whitewashing houses that dominate the central areas of most charming towns in Europe and southern Spain is a symbol of memory. This dominant white represents a way to preserve the past. The wind did not completely cover the sand, leaving cracks and holes. These cracks are what give the Venetian buildings their unique character.
These are the basic premises that Xtobal uses to create his performance. Two Siamese-looking beings inhabit the space. They could be part a primitive society and communicate, move, overlap and twist as would the first men or women.
The mayor of Cazorla Antonio Jose Rodriguez and Nuria Serrano were among the audience. They supported Xtobal as its most current cultural reference. They also made an official visit at the Venice City Hall, where Paola Mar, the Councilor for Tourism received them in one of the most touristic places in the world.